Brit Awards to remove male, female gendered award categories from 2022

The Brit Awards introduced on November 22, Monday that they’ll now not have distinct female and male artist classes, in an effort to make the music awards extra inclusive. The modifications are the newest in a sequence of changes made in response to criticism that the awards have lengthy did not replicate the range of British music. The British Academy of Music, which selects the winners, was expanded in 2017 to incorporate greater than 1,000 music trade consultants, in an effort to make the group extra gender-balanced and numerous.

Next 12 months’s awards will embody awards for the UK and worldwide artist of the 12 months, along with female and male honours in every class. That makes Dua Lipa and J Hus the final ever respective winners of the UK gendered classes. Awards gained this 12 months by The Weeknd and Billie Eilish for Best International Male and Female will even be merged as one.

According to organisers, the shift will honour musicians solely for his or her music and work, relatively than how they select to establish or how others might understand them. The Brit Awards 2022 will even include 4 new awards primarily based on public vote for numerous genres: various/rock act, hip hop/grime/rap act, dance act, and pop/R’n’B act. The comic Mo Gilligan will host the Brit Awards 2022 on February 8 at London’s O2 Arena.

Why Brit Awards abolished gendered classes?

Removing gender distinctions from music awards is nothing new; the world’s largest music ceremony has been doing it for over a decade. The Grammys discontinued gendered classes in 2011 following a significant restructure that noticed the show lose 31 awards. After the Recording Academy started awarding greater than 100 Grammys per 12 months, the female and male singing classes in pop, rock, R&B, nation, and rap had been amalgamated. Though the BRITS aren’t going through the identical difficulty as they gave out 11 awards this 12 months. However, they did run into difficulties when Sam Smith, a three-time BRITS winner, was dominated ineligible after popping out as non-binary in 2019. 

Euronews reported managers decided that Smith’s identification couldn’t be accommodated in both gendered class. At the May 2021 occasion, their third album, the Gold-certified ‘Love Goes,’ obtained no nominations. As a outcome, it was decided that the UK’s largest evening in music must work tougher in an effort to evolve. The emphasis of the 2022 presentation will change from gender to style, with 4 new classes decided by public vote. The BRIT Awards’ announcement, nonetheless, has now break up music followers and critics within the United Kingdom.

(With inputs from businesses)

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